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Aaron Rodriguez: Our frozen melting pot … and who’s responsible

The left’s complaints about cultural appropriation keep Americans separated rather than united.

Adam Neylon: Bipartisan Wisconsin Future Caucus aims to find common ground

Last month, Rep. Amanda Stuck and I announced the creation of the Wisconsin Future Caucus, a bipartisan group of Wisconsin state legislators under the age of 40. The purpose of this group is to work together to find common ground on critical issues that affect Wisconsin.

Alan Talaga: Defeating Scott Walker is the key to saving the UW

His regent-appointees are undoing decades of excellence at the university.

Andrea Jones: State cuts 15% of sign language interpreters

System needs reform. Proposed law is badly needed.

Andrew Borchardt: Proposed bill would undermine cooperative values

It does not seem prudent to change the definitions and rules that define a co-op for the benefit of one organization that wishes to retain the advantages they have enjoyed while all their members were equal.

Annaliese Eicher: ‘Call a bank’ still isn’t a student loan refinancing solution

Student loan debt continues to grow in Wisconsin, and the student loan borrowers who worked hard to get their education and took on the personal responsibility to pay for it are still being treated unfairly by the system. Walker telling people to “call a bank” wasn’t a solution then, and it’s not a solution now.

Ari Berman: Rigged: How voter suppression threw Wisconsin to Trump

Clinton’s failings, James Comey’s 11th-hour letter, Russian interference, fake news, sexism, racism, and a struggling economy in key swing states all contributed to Trump’s victory. We will never be able to assign exact proportions to all the factors at play. But a year later, interviews with voters, organizers, and election officials reveal that, in Wisconsin and beyond, voter suppression played a much larger role than is commonly understood.

Ben Brancel: Walker’s budget works for rural Wisconsin

I am optimistic for the future of Wisconsin’s rural communities. I believe Governor Walker’s budget makes a strong investment in our rural communities and Wisconsin’s future.

Bill Kaplan: A Ryan-Trump Trojan Horse

Tax cuts will cost trillions. Despite Treasury Secretary Mnuchin’s claims, tax cuts do not pay for themselves.

Bill Kaplan: Enough, this is not America

The GOP tax cuts are not paid for and will add at least $1.5 trillion to the national debt. Worse, all the GOP proposed individual tax cuts (mostly for the wealthy) and corporations add up to about $5.5 trillion. The tax cuts will make America a plutocracy.

Bill Kaplan: Puerto Rico needs help

More than a week ago Puerto Rico was left completely devastated by super-Hurricane Maria. 3.4 million U.S. citizens, including thousands of veterans, have been left to live in an unfolding dire nightmare.

Bill Kaplan: Stop threatening regular folks

Trump is still trying to sabotage the Affordable Care Act.

Bill Kaplan: Trump is unhinged

Wisconsin congressional Republicans are not facing reality. Trump is unhinged.

Bill Lueders: New battles over open records

Suits by citizens now trying to restrict public information.

Brian Fraley and Lisa Manna: Examining the MU Law School Map poll and the...

Brian Fraley and Lisa Manna from Edge Messaging discussed the latest polling by Charles Franklin at Marquette University Law School.

Bruce Murphy: The secrets of Foxconn

Walker administration won’t release details of massive subsidy until after contract is signed.

Bruce Murphy: Abele battles Milwaukee County Board on budget. Again.

They’ll do anything to keep arguing, even switching ideological positions.

Bruce Murphy: Barrett vs. the ‘backdrop boys’

Or how Act 10’s exemption and police-fire benefits are driving a city budget crisis.

Bruce Murphy: Can Democrats Beat Ryan, Grothman?

Odds are slim. But the added turnout for those races could help re-elect Tammy Baldwin.

Bruce Murphy: How to buy a university department

Bradley Foundation and Kochs buy a new UW-Madison economics institute.

Bruce Murphy: Is Tom Barrett playing with fire?

Actually his fire fighter cuts will probably have no impact on safety.

Bruce Murphy: Will Milwaukee reform its municipal court?

Too many judges, too many indigent jailed. Reform long overdue.

Bruce Murphy: Wisconsin one of cheapest states in U.S.

Gives little to charity, report shows. Milwaukee is much more generous than state.

Bruce Thompson: John Roberts’ nightmare

His decision on gerrymandering case could ruin Supreme Court’s reputation.

Bruce Thompson: The lessons of repeal and replace

Republicans never had an actual plan. Bernie Sanders might learn from that.

Bruce Thompson: The more guns, less crime scam

Questionable research shows 'Right to Carry' reduces crime. Here’s the full story.

Bruce Thompson: Who benefits from federal housing subsidies?

Higher income get more than low income, Waukesha more than Milwaukee.

Casey Hoff: Cassandra Nygren, drug overdose deaths and addiction as a disease

Addiction is a cruel illness. And it knows no boundaries. That fact has never been more evident in Wisconsin, where one prominent Republican legislator’s daughter and one former state Democratic Party executive director have been in the news relating to apparent overdose deaths.

Cathy Myers: The time is now to impeach Donald Trump

Donald Trump is clearly unfit for the office he holds and poses an immediate threat to the safety and security of this country, which is why I support his impeachment.

Chad Alan Goldberg: To protect freedom of expression, hold UW management accountable

There are good reasons for concern about the regents’ new freedom of expression policy.

Chris Rickert: Robin Vos as much a ‘terrorist’ threat as Senate’s ‘terrorists’

Vos is right that the pet concerns of three senators shouldn’t hold up an entire two-year spending plan. But Vos has been far less distressed about terrible government when it’s promised to benefit his political fortunes.

Chris Rickert: Visits to youth prison could school lawmakers, governor

Walker doesn’t appear to have spent any time at the prison, with the prison’s inmates and staff. And that appears to be true of the vast majority of the state’s 132 lawmakers, too, according to Department of Corrections visitor logs.

Chris Rickert: Walker challengers will have lots of ideas; one will matter most

For voters looking for an actual democrat among the Democrats, though, there is no more important plan than one to take the once-a-decade redistricting process out of the direct control of politicians.

Christian Schneider: Democrats field an underwhelming team against Walker

With a large field, a truly terrible candidate could win with a small plurality of the vote and subsequently be hammered by Walker in the general election. If they want even the faintest of chances, the Democrats either need fewer candidates or one plausible one.

Christian Schneider: Don’t try to regulate ‘fake news’

As was the case in the 16th century, the world will have to adapt to the influx of unreliable information. Hopefully, trusted sources will once again form to make sense of what's real and what's not.

Christian Schneider: Long live the art of the political insult

Assembly Speaker Robin Vos' shot at the Senate didn't have the wit we associate with the great political insulters of history. But without politicians bickering, we'd be left with a bloodless, anodyne brand of politics, and who wants to watch that?

Christian Schneider: Partisanship can’t be measured by a single formula

Quantifying partisan makeup through a single formula is like trying to judge a baseball team simply through analytics and statistics.

Christian Schneider: Republicans who wave the white flag enable Trump

If politics is indeed a war, conservatives have suddenly become the peace-loving flower children of the new generation. Rather than stand and fight against the hostile takeover of the Republican Party by Donald Trump's corrosive forces, stalwart conservatives are dropping their weapons and high-tailing it from the battlefield.

Christian Schneider: School spending isn’t a guarantee of quality

Walker boasting about increased education spending rings a discordant note for right-wingers who would rather see a more efficient government than one that is simply bigger.

Christian Schneider: Start regulating ‘bump stocks’ for rifles

If altering the mechanics of a semi-automatic rifle to make it automatic is illegal, then how can it possibly be legal to purchase a $50 part to do the same?

Christian Schneider: The one thing Donald Trump is really getting right

For more traditional conservatives horrified by Trump's behavior, his level-headed judicial picks make the rest of his tenure even more frustrating.

Christian Schneider: Trump is America’s snowflake-in-chief

One of Trump's most attractive features to his followers is that he's a "straight talker" who doesn't care who he offends. But he's unmasked himself as one of the most thin-skinned, overly-sensitive politicians America has ever seen.

Cindi Duchow: Tax cuts should sail through Congress

By passing the tax cuts President Trump praised in Indianapolis, Congress can right a longstanding wrong and put the wind back into our economic sails.

Dale Kooyenga: We stand with Israel and against the boycott, divestment and sanction movement

The BDS movement exclusively targets the world’s only Jewish state, Israel, for criticism while ignoring conflicts and countries engaged in major human rights violations around the world.

Dan Benson and Julie Grace: Act 10 savings torpedoed

Federal regulations force school districts to spend that money or face funding cuts.

Dave Cieslewicz: Ban on bump stocks not enough

If you really wanted to make Americans safer you would ban semi-automatic weapons and forget about the bump stocks, which of course would be useless if they had nothing to modify.

Dave Cieslewicz: Repeal the Second Amendment

A political culture in which repeal of the Second Amendment is on the table is one in which stricter gun safety laws are politically feasible even if actual repeal never happens.

Dave Craig: Zero-based budgeting would pull back the curtain on spending

In June, I introduced a ‘Zero-based Budget’ bill with Representative Rob Hutton, R-Brookfield, that provides greater transparency and enables the legislature to exercise its oversight function within the state budget process. Under this legislation, each state agency will have to review how all of their dollars are spent and justify those expenses against the agency’s core function to the legislature.

Dave Zweifel: ‘Dairyland’ slogan just fine by me

I'd much rather be known as the dairy state than drive around with a license plate that says "Home of corporate giveaways."

Dave Zweifel: Ed Durkin was truly one of the good guys

Those who were here during the 1960s and well into the '90s remember Durkin as the fireball unionist who got Madison's firefighters a more sensible workweek and decent wages and then as the fire chief who tore down barriers and conquered prejudices by hiring women and minorities to make our department one of the most diverse fire departments in America.

Dave Zweifel: GOP has changed its tune on free speech

In contrast to today's legislative crusades to protect right-wingers when they speak on campus, the conservatives of the '50s and '60s were busy trying to keep left-wingers from speaking at all.

Dave Zweifel: Put single-payer health care on the front burner

It's well past time to get this idea on the front burner and design an uncomplicated, bipartisan system that does work for everyone.

Dave Zweifel: They’re not terrorists, but they’re bullies for sure

Well, perhaps those three state senators singled out by fellow Republican and Assembly Speaker Robin Vos this past week aren't "terrorists" but, let's be honest here, they sure are experts at throwing bombs.

Dave Zweifel: Trump and Co. give whole new meaning to the term ‘swamp’

The swamp keeps getting deeper and deeper.

Dave Zweifel: Trump’s just widening the gap between rich and poor

There's a growing sense among some scholars who make a living studying American government that the biggest danger to the Constitution is not limited to Donald Trump — it's also endangered by America's widening economic inequality.

Dave Zweifel: Under-the-radar attacks on environment will have lasting damage

The country is being damaged by a government that really doesn't want to govern, but because everyone is being distracted by Trump and his tweets, few are paying attention.

Dave Zweifel: Walker gives lip service to ‘hardworking’ Wisconsinites

Scott Walker says he appreciates your hard work, even when his actions show he really doesn't.

David Blaska: When you can’t win elections you sue the system

Before redistricting, Republicans controlled the State Assembly 59 to 39 (with 1 independent who voted with Republicans) in 2010. The so-called gerrymandering rendered their advantage in the next election to 60-39 — a pickup of one seat.

David Crowley: Gerrymandering is a threat to our democracy

It is my hope that when Whitford v. Gill goes before the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, party politics will be the last thing on their mind. Instead, let’s hope they put American citizens first and ensure every American the Constitutional voting rights our forefathers endowed us with.

David Haynes: Horror in Las Vegas and our incredible power to forget

We’ll forget you existed, Stephen Paddock. You are now the worst mass shooter in U.S. history, but we’ll forget you.

Dean Strang: Marsy’s Law bill unworkable, unconstitutional

The proposed Marsy’s Law has the understandable goal of codifying victims’ rights in the Wisconsin state constitution, but much of this bill is unworkable and some of it is unconstitutional.

Dominique Paul Noth: Both fear and elections behind headlines

The media now is having its feet held to the fire even as it wonders why establishment Republicans are not holding Trump’s feet to the fire the way a few respected senators have. There’s a sad, simple reason: Upcoming elections, one as soon as December, will keep political headlines percolating and the GOP fence-sitting.

Dominique Paul Noth: In Wisconsin, will Foxconn ‘mouthwash’ hide stench of ‘right to work?’

Trade unions are constantly buffeted by financial power plays. In Wisconsin they are being branded as victims of political expediency by the progressive community yet supported by many members because they fight for jobs. The contention centers on two big projects – Milwaukee’s new $500 million arena for the Bucks and the Foxconn project.

Dominique Paul Noth: Time to rip the cover off Facebook

Facebook and social media in general have developed an unprecedented power that governments and their citizens are finally seeing not as a salvation but as a threat.

Dominique Paul Noth: Weinstein and the triggers of wrath

We need to talk more about what triggers the kind of outrage that sticks to Weinstein and Cosby but not to Donald Trump. If anything positive comes out of this case it is turning our glares at the justice system.

Emily Mills: UW’s ham-handed effort to regulate speech

Trying to quash protest is like holding back flood water with your thumb. Reasonable steps should be taken to guarantee everyone’s personal safety. After that, let the sifting and winnowing commence, and freely.

Ernst-Ulrich Franzen: Good government is everybody’s responsibility

Good government is the business of every citizen. What we do can make a difference. So although I’m leaving the platform that the Journal Sentinel has generously given me for 35 years, I’ll still do what I can along with my fellow citizens to keep a light on government.

George Mitchell: I-94 cancellation has huge impact

Pushing project back decades, adding billions in costs, hurting metro area.

Gregory Humphrey: Wisconsin’s lax gun laws impacts crime nationally

Wisconsin’s weak gun laws enable gun traffickers, and other criminals and dangerous individuals to purchase, possess, and use guns in crimes in cities, towns, and neighborhoods outside Wisconsin.

Gregory Humphrey: Yes, Senator Johnson, health care is a right

There is no way that a decent society rations out who gets health care by whether one is employed, or insured, or financially able.

Gretchen Schuldt: Scott Walker and GOP Legislature trample separation of powers

The court system was whittled down to a twig that can be easily bent to accommodate the needs of Foxconn Technology Group.

Ismael Ozanne: Demand action on guns

We must demand that our congressional representatives put an end to the legalization of weapons that can cause mass destruction.

Jake Curtis: Flambeau mine a useful example in current debate

The Flambeau mine in Ladysmith can, and should, serve as a useful example of the possibility of safe mining and strong environmental stewardship.

James Comer and Jim Holte: Teaming up to revitalize an agricultural industry

It’s not every day that a congressman from Kentucky and a farmer from Wisconsin ignite a national conversation on a specific issue. However, when it comes to industrial hemp no two states are more historically intertwined.

James Rowen: GOP water grabbers at it again

Republican Tom Tiffany targets Public Trust doctrine that protects our waters.

James Rowen: Pruitt’s US EPA looking like WI AG Schimel’s operation

Schimel-Pruitt are a solid chamber of commerce tag team when it comes to rolling back clean air and water protections.

James Rowen: Walker figures out new way to serve business, weaken WI DNR

He's moving to shift from the Wisconsin Department of Natural Resources the oversight of controversial, large-scale, water-demanding and manure-producing animal feeding and breeding operations to the more industry-focused Wisconsin Department of Ag, Trade and Consumer Protection, (DATCP), where all sorts of ag and dairy promotion and marketing is centered.

James Rowen: Walker’s ’18 campaign baggage getting heavier

Walker will carry a host of problems into his re-election bid.

James Rowen: What? WEDC isn’t ready on Foxconn?

Call it business as usual in the state allegedly open for business.

James Rowen: WI environmental groups must better explain, embrace Public Trust Doctrine

Wisconsin water belongs to everyone and we need to do a helluva better job protecting the water and our rights to it, because clean water and water rights in Wisconsin are being ignored, contaminated, twisted or flat-out heisted.

James Rowen: WI’s rigged, gerrymandered elections have done great damage

Court-ordered redistricting would re-establish on paper some fairness to Wisconsin elections and public life, but how do you get back or repair a decade of punitive one-party Republican rule that rigged the system and took over?

James Sensenbrenner: Comprehensive tax reform benefits everyone

Wisconsin is leading the way, and Congress must now follow suit by passing tax reform legislation that will deliver results to improve the lives of citizens here and around the country, while giving a much needed hand up to our businesses.

James Wigderson: If Planned Parenthood just built an $8 million facility, why do they...

The Milwaukee building’s design is to keep their clients away from the pro-life sidewalk counselors and protesters, according to the top abortionist at the site, Kathy King. Spending $8 million just to avoid protesters is not evidence that Planned Parenthood is hurting for cash.

James Wigderson: New UW speech policy scores first success with Pavlich appearance

Conservative commentator and Townhall.com News Editor Katie Pavlich was able to speak about the right to carry guns on college campuses without interruption Tuesday night at the University of Wisconsin-Madison.

Jay Miller: On tax reform, it’s the bottom line that counts

Sure, some people will gnash their teeth if their special perks are tampered with. But from a broader tax policy standpoint, this is the right thing to do, and if presented correctly, the smart thing to do from a political standpoint.

Jennifer Shilling: Expand, don’t shrink, family medical leave

Unfortunately, only 11 percent of U.S. employees have access to paid family leave through their jobs, which means millions of workers are forced to choose between family health obligations and the income they need to cover basic expenses.

Jim Crist: Rep. Scott Allen sides with crony capitalists

Nineteen states have called for a Constitutional amendment that would overturn the disastrous Citizens United decision. Rep. Scott Allen won't even allow a public hearing on a resolution that would let Wisconsinites vote on this core issue of our time. 

Jim Goodman: Future of small organic dairy farms is threatened

How much longer we can survive really depends on whether or not USDA decides that organic rules need to be followed by everyone — no matter how big their farm is, or what country they farm in.

Jimmy Anderson: Redistricting reform won’t save us

Unless the court is prepared to eliminate partisan redistricting, it is not equipped to create the strict standards necessary to avoid endless litigation.

John Nichols: Dynamic new mayor promises to rebuild Racine’s middle class

Cory Mason takes office Nov. 7. On that day, he said, the work of "rebuilding the middle class" begins — from the ground up.

John Nichols: Paul Ryan’s scorching duplicity on gun violence, mental health and, well, everything

Ryan will go only so far as the NRA allows, which, at this point, is toward a constrained discussion of regulating “bump stock” devices, which modify rifles so that they can fire bullets as rapidly as machine guns. Beyond that tangential response, the speaker is determined to change the topic.

John Nichols: Shouldn’t a real conservative run against crony-capitalist Walker?

Walker has certainly set himself up for a Republican primary challenge. The Foxconn deal has been criticized by conservative business analysts and even by right-wing groups that usually cover for the governor.

John Nichols: Why is GOP so afraid of voter ID facts?

State Treasurer Matt Adamczyk recently roused himself from the sidelines of state governance and called on legislators to penalize Dane County for allocating $55,000 to fund a UW-Madison study of how Wisconsin’s voter ID law influences voter participation and turnout.

John Torinus: First step by Cross on UW System reorganization

Falling enrollments at the 13 UW Colleges and mission confusion at UW Extension propelled UW President Ray Cross to embark on a reorganization of those two cornerstones of the UW System (UWS).

John Torinus: Will governor candidates duck big issues?

Health care reform and UW reorganization are big issues Walker and his opponent may punt.

Jon Erpenbach and Melissa Sargent: Funding Elections Commission staff ensures secure and efficient elections

To make our elections run securely and accurately, we need to repair the damage to the Wisconsin Elections Commission caused by Gov. Scott Walker’s veto last month, which removed five necessary staff from the commission.

Jon Peacock: Good, bad news on Medicaid costs

State personal income growth trails nation, but that means more federal funds for Medicaid.

Jonathan Krause: I’ve concentrated myself and I can’t win elections!

Liberals' desire to live near their government jobs, with public transit, neighborhood public schools and government funded recreation facilities have surrendered vast swaths of the state to Republican voters.

Jonathan Krause: Violating the 11th Commandment

The Vos incident is just the tip of the iceberg of very public Republican in-fighting. That starts right at the top--with President Donald Trump putting anyone that doesn't bow to his wishes or that criticizes his outrageous comments and twitter rants on full blast in all forms of the media.

Joseph Wildcat Sr.: Life-sustaining resources trump cost of Wisconsin mine

We want economic development. We want jobs. But we are unwilling to sacrifice the health of life-sustaining natural resources — earth, air and water. Without these, we cease to exist.

Kara O’Connor: Proposed changes offer a soul-searching moment for co-ops

Through the years, some co-ops have chipped away at the human element -- trust -- that kept it all together. Restoring that trust is the remedy for what ails our cooperatives. Seeking a legislative end-run that will diminish cooperative trust even further is not.

Kara O’Connor: Nonpartisan redistricting could unite us across party lines

At the 86th annual Wisconsin Farmers Union State Convention this past January, members of the family farm organization named nonpartisan redistricting as a special order of business for 2017, voicing support for the creation of a nonpartisan entity to perform all future redistricting for city, county, state and federal offices in the state of Wisconsin.

Kathleen Vinehout: Audit Committee focused on protecting veterans’ care at King

Audit members are united in their commitment that problems at King be resolved. Our Audit Committee will continue efforts to ensure veterans’ homes are adequately funded and staffed.

Kathleen Vinehout: De-licensing bill could have huge impact

State requirements for nurses, plumbers, CPAs and other jobs could be scrapped.

Kathleen Vinehout: Hemp’s time has come

Hemp in Wisconsin is a crop whose time has come. Passage of SB 119 will begin the work of bringing back Wisconsin’s hemp industry. Let’s make 2017 the year of hemp.

Leah Vukmir: Washington, take Wisconsin’s lead on pro-life issues

As soon as Republicans took control of the Legislature and governorship in Wisconsin, we hit the ground running to advance pro-life causes and protect the most vulnerable among us.

Lena Taylor: The Art of the Deal: Healthcare isn’t a bargaining chip

The Trump administration is playing games with American lives.

Lena Taylor: Walker goes out of bounds with letter to NFL

I am disheartened and frustrated that Gov. Walker chose to use Domestic Violence Awareness Month to score his own political points.

Leon Young: Sabotaging Obamacare

Donald Trump appears bent on achieving one major objective, at least for him: Dismantling the nation’s current health care system – no matter what the cost.

Mark Miller: What happened to Wisconsin?

There was a time when environmental protection was a shared ethic amongst Democrats and Republicans.

Matt Rothschild: 10 steps Wisconsin progressives need to take

What steps do progressives in Wisconsin need to take?

Matthew Rothschild: ‘Marsy’s Law’ has constitutional flaw

A bill to enshrine victims’ rights into the Wisconsin Constitution has one item in it that would blatantly violate the U.S. Constitution.

Matthew Rothschild: Why you don’t hear about overturning Citizens United in Wisconsin Capitol

Rep. Scott Allen denies request to put advisory referendum on amending the U.S. Constitution to overturn Citizens United on the Assembly Committee on Constitution and Ethics agenda.

Michael Leon: Supreme Court’s aversion to social science is perverse

Earlier this month at oral argument of the likely precedent-setting Wisconsin gerrymandering case, Republican justices displayed an obtuse mind-set revealing an incapacity to consider social scientific findings in determining whether a statute is unconstitutional.

Michael Mucha: Imagine a day without water

To emphasize the importance of our nation’s water infrastructure, on Oct. 12 communities across the nation will participate in the U.S. Water Alliance’s campaign, Imagine a Day Without Water.

Mike Gallagher: Federal tax overhaul is long overdue

As the details of tax reform emerge in the coming weeks, I hope we can approach the debate with an open mind before retreating to our respective partisan corners.

Mike McCabe: What government does needs to be done for our whole society, not...

Wisconsin’s whole population should be made eligible to get health insurance through the BadgerCare program.

Mike Nichols: Madison’s goofy, divisive flag flap

Today, there’s a new priority on the left: making sure no one in America can claim they have anything meaningful in common with anyone else who doesn’t look exactly like them.

Mitch Henck: Anti-Trump dossier could upend probe

In "Two Minutes with Mitch" radio personality Mitch Henck gives his two cents on revelations that Democrats helped fund research that led to a dossier about Donald Trump's ties to Russia.

Mitch Henck: Dane County voter survey raises questions

In "Two Minutes with Mitch" radio personality Mitch Henck gives his two cents on a UW-Madison voter ID study that was funded by Dane County.

Mitch Henck: Have we ever been this polarized?

In "Two Minutes with Mitch" radio personality Mitch Henck asks: Have we ever been this polarized?

Mitch Henck: Is Russia probe Watergate II?

In "Two Minutes with Mitch" radio personality Mitch Henck gives his two cents on charges against Paul Manafort, President Donald Trump's former campaign chairman, and Manafort's business associate, Rick Gates.

Mitch Henck: It’s a little late to notice Donald Trump’s boorish behavior

In "Two Minutes with Mitch" radio personality Mitch Henck says it's a little late for people such as Republican Sen. Jeff Flake to notice Donald Trump's boorish behavior.

Mitch Henck: Should ‘America’s Dairyland’ be taken off license plates?

In "Two Minutes with Mitch" radio personality Mitch Henck gives his two cents on an idea to remove the slogan “America’s Dairyland" from Wisconsin's vehicle license plates.

Mitch Henck: Steve Bannon’s war on GOP headed for defeat?

In "Two Minutes with Mitch" radio personality Mitch Henck gives his two cents on Steve Bannon and his war with the GOP establishment.

Mitch Henck: Why the rich always get bigger tax cuts

In "Two Minutes with Mitch" radio personality Mitch Henck gives his two cents on the rich and tax cuts.

Nik Clark and Emily Mills: Guns in America: What can we do now? Anything?

Madison columnist Emily Mills and gun rights advocate Nik Clark, the founder of Wisconsin Carry, share two perspectives about what the U.S. should do, if anything, about guns.

Noel Radomsk: Reflections on the proposed UW Colleges and UW-Extension restructuring

WISCAPE Managing Director Noel Radomski offers commets, questions and ideas regarding the merger proposal and asks whether it is time for a citizen's commission on post-secondary education.

Noel Radomski: More reflections on the proposed UW Colleges and UW-Extension restructuring

Before the UW System Board of Regents vote on the proposal in November? -- or, more likely, in spring 2018? -- several critical questions should be asked, discussed, and answered.

Owen Robinson: The human cost of civil liberties

Living in a free society rooted in individual liberty and the rule of law is not for the frail or fragile. There are considerable personal and societal human costs, but the alternative is despotism, the human costs of which history has demonstrated to be substantially more severe.

Owen Robinson: Trump acts on Obamacare

President Trump, frustrated with Congress’ failure to repeal Obamacare, has begun to take unilateral action to reintroduce market forces into the health insurance market and pick at the pillars of Obamacare. His actions are a great first step.

Patrick Dunphy: 5 ways to reduce gun deaths

It’s not about mass shootings, but about stopping the quieter deaths that happen daily.

Patrick Gleason: Wisconsin reform would expand apprenticeship, advance White House initiative

Wisconsin lawmakers are currently considering legislation that would assist the White House’s goal of expanding apprenticeship in the U.S.

Patty Edelburg: Keep Wisconsin’s co-op laws intact

As a member of 11 cooperatives throughout Wisconsin, and a former co-op board member, I am concerned about a bill working its way through the legislature that would change the definition of a cooperative in Wisconsin.

Paul Fanlund: Gov. Scott Walker — focused on his future, not yours

In the world of Scott Walker, politics, not the public’s long-term interest, always comes first.

Paul Fanlund: Reflecting on snippets from Trump’s America

Paul Fanlund reflects on anecdotes that cover a five-day period this past week and connect to war and peace, racial tension, toxic politics and embattled American journalism.

Paul Fanlund: The far left’s attacks on moderate Democrats get old

The Sanders-Stein-Nader crowd apparently doesn’t think the rest of us on the pragmatic left are as righteous or passionate as they. They seem to think they can unleash some tsunami of support from huge numbers of the politically disaffected.

Randy Bryce: Foxconn deal is a real con job

We deserve better than corporate boondoggles like Foxconn, and our government’s leadership needs to stand on the side of workers.

Rebecca Blank: Our commitment to educating Wisconsin’s top students

An important part of our commitment is to the young adults in this state. We want a significant share of Wisconsin’s top high school students to come and study at UW- Madison, so I want to be clear about how strong our commitment is to the top students in Wisconsin.

Richard Monette: Redistricting case misses chance to test state’s own constitution

The case should have gone through the state court system using state constitutional arguments.

Sam Dunkovich: Johnson must support America’s Dreamers

Sen. Ron Johnson should not let the American people down by putting the livelihoods of our most promising immigrants on the line. Passing the SUCCEED Act would continue the legacy of immigrants making America great.

Sam Hagedorn: The gerrymander slant

Hopefully the US Supreme Court will see past the false outrage of the sinking political left and allow the State of Wisconsin and all other states take responsibility for what the Constitution allows.

Scott Walker: State budget does a lot for education, taxpayers

The cumulative impact of our total tax relief in this and our past budgets is $8 billion.

Spencer Black: Scott Walker’s no friend of bicyclists

While Dane County and other local governments are encouraging biking, the state government is going in the opposite direction.

Steven Walters: Highway 29 is state’s economic fault line

Northern counties in decline. Attention must be paid, WisTax leader says.

Steven Walters: Why Cross wants universities, two-year colleges to merge

Cross is saying what many had whispered for years: A UW System with 26 separate institutions is unsustainable.

Steven Walters: You be the judge on redistricting

Here are key arguments Supreme Court will hear. How would you rule?

Tom Frazier: UW study documents problems with voter id

It appears that people who thought that Wisconsin's strict Voter ID law would suppress eligible voters have had their suspicions confirmed.

Tom Palzewicz: GOP tax plan won’t work; try something different

The general idea seems to be that we should give the richest Americans and large multi-national corporations huge tax cuts, and then magically, the economy will somehow grow and jobs will be created. This has always been and will always be wishful thinking.

Tom Still: As workforce growth slows, new approaches are needed to meet demand

Forget about the skills gap. The overriding concern in Wisconsin and many other states is a “quantity gap,” meaning there simply aren’t enough working-age people to go around – skilled or otherwise.

Tom Still: Quietly but steadily, health care innovation isn’t waiting for Congress to act

The latest effort to repeal the Affordable Care Act, or Obamacare, is emblematic of deep political divisions over how best to provide health-care coverage to millions of Americans. However, that debate is not standing in the way of hospitals, medical professionals, insurers, entrepreneurs and others from working on better, more efficient ways to care for patients.

Tom Still: When natural disaster strikes: Poor policies, incentives compound the damage

Natural disasters will happen, with or without climate change. The trick is understanding how to mitigate the effects of those disasters before and after they happen.

Tony Evers: One is the loneliest number

Last week, every single one of my fellow Regents attending our most recent meeting voted to approve a dangerous anti-free speech proposal that will, without question, chill speech at college campuses across Wisconsin.

Will Flanders and Natalie Goodnow: Obama school discipline policy failed to close racial suspension...

The policy changes appear to have had a negative effect on student safety while not closing the gap in suspension rates between white and African American students.

Will Flanders: Lenz and Bowman are wrong. Parents still know best on school choice

Carol Lenz and Jim Bowmen’s recent op-ed, “Choice Helps Few Public School Students,” ignores a number of important details about school choice in the state of Wisconsin.

Will Flanders: More education for parents, not a governing board, needed for school choice

A class of parents cued into the performance of their local schools would be far more likely to overcome the problem of governance fragmentation than the alternative solution proposed by Ford.

William L. Holahan and Charles O. Kroncke: Regents changing how UW leaders hired

“Business-like” approach reduces faculty peer review, threatens academic excellence.
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WisOpinion.com: ‘The Insiders’ talk state budget winners and losers

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WisOpinion.com: ‘The Insiders’ weigh in on NFL protests and Trump

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